Discover the benefits of flaxseed! The blue flowering plant, Linum Usitatissimum, bears fruit and inside are glossy brown seeds. They have a sweet, nutty, flavor. These seeds are best digested when ground to a fine texture or used as an oil. Sprinkle them on oatmeal, cereals, breads mixed vegetables or desired food.
Flaxseed oil is a clear to yellowish oil pressed from the seeds. The oil can be filtered or unfiltered. Manufacturers filter this oil to remove impurities that cause it to go rancid quickly. They claim it gives it a fuller, nuttier, taste. Manufacturers of unfiltered flaxseed oil claim it retains lignans unlike the filtered kind. Some people do not like the taste of flaxseed oil, alone or the process of grinding seeds. So, add a small amount of oil to a smoothie, protein shake or just a glass of water.
Flaxseeds have an impressive vitamin and mineral content. Its vitamins include: B2, B2, B6, C, E and K. Some of its minerals include: calcium, sulfur, potassium, phosperous, manganese, silicon, copper, nickel, iron, carotene, zinc, magnesium, niacin, folate and selenium.
Flaxseeds contain fiber, protein, lignans and essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6). The formation of mucilage is another important factor. I will discuss the importance of each property as it relates to the body.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF FLAXSEED
The fiber found in flaxseed contains a balance of soluble and insoluble fiber. This fiber helps clean the colon, inhibits the formation of disease causing organisms in the intestine, stabilizes blood sugar levels and is a natural laxative. Fiber maintains proper functioning of the digestive system and acts like a sweeper, cleaning the colon of toxins, metabolic waste and dried mucus.
Flaxseed provides essential protein for the body. It is considered to be a complete amino acid, essential for healthy metabolism and the absorption of nutrients. Its high quality protein source helps maintain healthy hair, skin and nails. Its protein source increases energy, as well! For every 100 grams of flaxseeds, you average 25 to 30 grams of protein.
LIGNANS: (Natural Anti-Bacterial Nutrients)
One hundred times more lignans are in flaxseeds than wheat bran, rye, oats, and soybeans. Lignans have anti-viral, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. They reduce the activity of free radicals and flush excess estrogen out of the body, reducing estrogen-linked cancers. Lignans are found in flaxseeds themselves but not in the extracted oil. Some brands of supplement have lignans added during the production phase.
Mucilage forms from flaxseeds after soaking them for about thirty minutes. This mucilage has the consistency of light oil, which lubricates and absorbs toxins, well. It helps to prevent toxic build up in the bowels and makes a gentle, non-irritating, laxative.
OMEGA 3: lower LDL, (bad cholesterol), improve brain function, (memory, performance, behavioral functions), lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce risk of estrogen linked cancer, reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, (joint pain and morning stiffness), and reduce inflammation.
OMEGA 6: improve brain function, stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain healthy bones, regulate metabolism and maintain the reproductive system.
Both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are necessary for human well-being. Since the body cannot make these essential fatty acids, they must be found in external sources.
Flaxseed benefits eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea and pre-mature aged skin. Make homemade beauty products. Use for making homemade soap, lotions, creams or balms.
TIP: Add flax seed meal to soap recipes. Cleanse, soothe and exfoliate.
TIP: Combine with Calendula Oil & Mango Butter to soothe dry skin.
BENEFITS Of FLAXSEED - (For Skin)
Regenerate skin cells
Heal abrasions & burns
Reduce redness of rashes
Reduce appearance of scars
Offers healthy cellular activity
FLAX SEED RECIPES (Homemade Skin Care)
HOMEMADE FACE MASK: Mix together 2 tbsp. organic ground roasted flax, 1 tbsp. organic honey, 2 tbsp. wheat bran and 1/4 cup of hot water, but not too hot! ( CAUTION! Hot water can burn skin and cause blisters. )
Splash warm water on face. Gently massage mixture on face, in small circular motions, avoiding eyes. Leave on approx. 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Gently pat dry. Dry skin feels soothed & lubricated.
FLAXSEED AND LEMON DRINK: (By Dr. Oz) Mix together 1 cup hot water, (but not too hot), 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 tsp. ground flaxseed. Drink. Some really enjoy its refreshing taste. This drink helps cleanse the skin and offers relief for digestive troubles too.
The benefits of flaxseed are numerous for the body, inside and out!